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Birth control pill recall affects several brands

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(AP, ABC7) — Qualitest Pharmaceuticals is recalling multiple lots of birth-control pills because of a packaging error that could lead to incorrect dosing and unintended pregnancies.

The company says the error caused the weekly tablet orientation to be reversed and obscuring the lot number and expiration date on certain packages. The problem could lead to inadequate contraception if women don't get the proper daily regimen of the drug.

“It’s absolutely critical because if you take a pill that's not labeled for that day you may end up with an unintended pregnancy or you could end up with an unpleasant side effect,” says Dr. Nancy Gaba, the head of gynecology at George Washington medical faculty associates.

The wide selection of birth control pills may make it difficult for women to figure out whether they’re affected by the recall.

“There are so many birth control pills on the market and many are available in generic form,” Gaba says. “My concern about this recall is women may be taking them and not even knowing they're on that particular pill.”

Gaba suggests looking at your pill closely.

The recall affects certain lots of Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem.

Doctors, pharmacists and patients seeking more information can contact Qualitest at 1-877-300-6153 or check this list of affected lots.

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